Non-League giant killers Sutton United host Championship promotion hopefuls Leeds United in the fourth round of the FA Cup this weekend and the game will be shown exclusively live for FREE on BT Sport.
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For fans of both Sutton and Leeds of a certain vintage, the clash will evoke nostalgic memories of the 1970 meeting between the sides in the third round of this competition.
At the time, the Whites were one of the most feared – albeit not always universally loved – teams in the land, having just won their first-ever league title under Don Revie.
A star-studded line-up featuring the likes of Billy Bremner, Johnny Giles, Jack Charlton and Norman Hunter (no rotation for the cups back then…) romped to a 6-0 victory in front of a jam-packed 14,000 crowd.
Leeds went on to reach the final that year, eventually losing to Chelsea in a replay, and also made it to the last four of the European Cup in the same campaign.
And although they return to Gander Green Lane as a drastically diminished force in comparison to those halcyon days, the tie is no less significant for Sutton’s part-timers.
Having scored a mightily impressive 3-1 win at League One side AFC Wimbledon in their third-round replay, they are now looking to pen arguably the most famous chapter in their FA Cup history.
Until now, the club has been synonymous with a shock 2-1 triumph over Coventry City in 1989, just two years after the Sky Blues had lifted the trophy at Wembley.
But with that success coming in the third round, dispatching Leeds and reaching round five for the first time would surely rank as their finest achievement.
However, Paul Doswell‘s heroes will be well aware that they are facing one of the country’s form teams.
Leeds finally appear to be mounting a genuine promotion bid under the shrewd guidance of boss Garry Monk after a tumultuous, often farcical 13 years since losing their top-flight status.
They have won seven of their last nine games in all competitions and come into the match sitting pretty in third place in the Championship.
And while the long-suffering Elland Road faithful can now genuinely dream of an imminent Premier League return, a white-knuckle FA Cup run is no less likely to stir their passions.
One need only look at the huge numbers who travelled to the Abbey Stadium for their third-round win over Cambridge United to see how much the FA Cup still means to this proud club.
But what price an upset?
Sutton will certainly look to use the backing of the 5,000-strong crowd to unsettle Monk’s charges and they can also draw on a solid home record this term.
They have been beaten on just three occasions in all competitions at Gander Green Lane, with just one reverse in their last 15 on their own patch.
In former Arsenal trainee Roarie Deacon and striker Maxime Biamou, they possess two men who clearly relish the FA Cup stage, having notched seven goals between them in their run to the fourth round.
Midfield man Craig Eastmond has a Champions League appearance with the Gunners on his CV, while skipper Jamie Collins should be fresh and raring to go as he returns from a two-game ban.
The underdogs will also hope to exploit any lack of cohesion in what could be a much-changed Leeds line-up.
Monk may decide to remove the likes of 20-goal hitman Chris Wood, centre-back Kyle Bartley and winger Liam Bridcutt from the firing line as he looks to keep them fresh for the promotion charge ahead.
Whether this will be enough to open the door for a remarkable Sutton triumph remains to be seen, but the stage looks set for a barnstorming afternoon of FA Cup action in front of the BT Sport cameras.
Sutton United manager Paul Doswell: “Leeds will be the biggest match of my managerial career and I would like to hope that we can do ourselves justice and give the TV a good game and as always there is the underdogs’ chance, isn’t there? It is one we just have to embrace and look forward to.
“But we’ve got a good chance against Leeds on our pitch because no one likes playing on our pitch apart from us. There were a lot of people talking about our pitch prior to the first game against Wimbledon, and we are very, very good on it.”
Leeds United manager Garry Monk: “We are building something and trying to put something in place with this group and this club. My full focus is on that and on doing my best from day one. That will always continue for as long as I am at the club.
“As a manager, you come with the focus of developing something. Football doesn’t always allow you that in management but I work with a short-term view to get the right results as quickly as possible, which then allows you to have a longer-term view of what you want to do. As a manager, you always have a mixture of both.”
- Sutton United have played Leeds once before in the FA Cup, losing 6-0 to them in 1970.
- Leeds have progressed from nine of their last 11 ties in the Fourth Round, losing out to Liverpool in 2000/01 and Tottenham in 2009/10.
- Sutton are the lowest ranked team still left in the competition, beating AFC Wimbledon in a third round replay.
- In the Fourth Round, the last team from a league below Leeds to knock the Whites out was Oxford in January 1994 – Leeds have won their last five Fourth Round ties of this ilk, most recently in 2002/03 against Gillingham.
- Sutton have never gone further than this stage, losing 6-0 to Leeds in the fourth round in 1970 and 8-0 to Norwich in 1989.
- Leeds have won six of their seven FA Cup ties against non-league opposition, losing only to Histon in 2008/09.
Can’t watch the game live?
No problem. We’ll be making highlights of the game available here on BTSport.com and the BT Sport app, while there will be several full re-runs of the match – consult our TV Guide for more information.
Chris: Great that BT are making this game available for all to see. It means we have a Super Sunday of FA Cup Football now, with two games live on BBC One and one game on BT Showcase. Lincoln City already through to Round 5 so the non-league dream lives on – will Sutton United join them?